A ten foot tall sculpture of Picasso mowing his makeshift lawn has popped up in Brooklyn.
Artist Elliott Arkin’s latest installation, “The Spanish Gardener” is a hysterical and larger than life rendition of Picasso. The expressive and detailed sculpture is part of a series of works representing famous people as giant lawn gnomes.
The giant Picasso will be mowing this rectangular piece of lawn at the corner of Degraw Street and Columbia Street in Brooklyn until July 15, 2018.
The multi media sculpture is composed of various materials-the head made out of fiberglass, the body made out of urethane and foam, and the lawn mower is partially composed of a chunk of re-purposed telephone pole.
On the gate enclosing the sculpture is a bit of information:
“The Spanish Gardener is Elliott Arkin’s largest work to date and is a continuation in his series depicting historical figures as gardening lawn gnomes. The sculptures were the subject of ‘A Peaceable Kingdom,’ a recent major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s (MAMAC) roof-top garden in Nicke, France. First sketched in 2004 and titled after the American painting by Edward Hicks, ‘A Peaceable Kingdom,’ is derived from images Arkin created as cartoonist-in-residence (along with Nicole Eisenman)”
Although the gate makes it impossible to get up close and personal with the famed Spanish artist, it’s worth a visit to see it from a far if just for its comic value.
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